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Belgian LMHI Report 2008

BELGIUM 2008

Annual Report to the LMHI by the National Vice-President

 

Summary:

  • The main activity of the UNIO Homoeopathica Belgica last year was the preparation of the LMHI - congress in Ostend. The title of this congress “Evidence Based Homoeopathy” illustrates the intention to collect all possible evidence in homoeopathy with an open mind to the whole homoeopathic community. The verification of homeopathic symptoms and provings are other main topics of the congress.
  •         The application for accreditation of the lecture about the “Biophysics of the homoeopathic remedy” of pharmacist Van Damme in 2000, was refused by the governmental accreditation commission. The general assembly of the UNIO decided to contest this decision before the Council of the State and the lecture was accepted for accreditation. With this decision under the arm we asked accreditation for several sessions of the LMHI – congress. Until now the Wednesday – morning session is accepted for accreditation in Ethics and Economics namely worldwide. Other sessions are still in application.
  •         Exceptional for this congress is also the financial support of the “FNRS” (National Fund for Scientific Research). Unless the fact that the received financial support is only 1/6the of the support for allopathic congresses, this support can be considered has historical.
  •         The general assembly decided to support the foundation of an independent unit of pharmacists under the wings of the UNIO. Up to now pharmacists were only accepted as sympathizing members.
  •         A survey in 2003 turned out that our members prescribed 25% or less antibiotics in comparison with their allopathic colleagues. Unless these exceptional figures, the government was not interested. It was decided at the general assembly to collect again the statistical figures of all our members as far as their profile of prescriptions of antibiotics, during the year 2006. We will try to convince the government again with the new results.
  •         A scientific framework for the practice of our profession was formulated without using the word homoeopathy. 
  •         The Royal Arrest about the recognition of the Liga Classica Homoeopathica (the organization of the NMQP’s) was contested before the Council of State, until now without result.  The homoeopathic remedy is registered in Belgium and that’s why we cannot accept this registered remedies being prescribed by NMQP’s.
  •         The English version of the booklet called “Scientific Framework of General Practice – Homeopathy – 2006” will be presented at the congress.  The French version is already on our Website www.homeopathy.be.
  •         Our UNION is involved in research on homeopathy. Unfortunately the proposal on Hay Fever (comparison between Cetirizine+placebo individual homeopathic treatment-IHT- versus IHT+placebo cetirizine), found until now no financial support unless the first pilot study is showing an identical efficacy as Cetirizine.
  •         The participation to the CLIFICOL project and to the LR statistics is ongoing also. 
  •         The registration of the homeopathic remedies is going on under the presidency of Dr. Michel Van Wassenhoven. 
  •         The goals for next years are: registration of qualified homeopaths (by the officials) / basic standards for competence in homeopathy for pharmacists / registration and reimbursement of all homeopathic medications / involvement in Research activities and international actions / nomination of delegations to official commissions (see above) / Political and Union's news are published every 3 months in a journal mailed to our members. See more at the end of this document.

 

Members:

Members in total: 349

Medical doctors: 318

Dentists: 11

Veterinarians: 8

Pharmacists: 12

 

Organizations:

     

           

            1. Societas Regalis Homoeopathica Belgica (Royal Belgian Homoeopathic Society); To be accepted, members must be presented by 2 sponsors who guarantee the seriousness of the candidate. The candidate proposes a thesis on a homeopathic subject and is accepted by 2/3rd of the members by secret vote. (48 members). The national homeopathic library including books and journals is managed by the SRHB (http://biblio.homeobel.com) chaussée de Mons, 58 B-6150 Anderlues Belgium –    Tel: +32-(0)71-54.09.03 Fax: +32-(0)2-52.94.35. (www.homeobel.com)
            2. Unio Homœopathica Belgica: a professional organisation for the defence of the homœopathic medical profession. 346 members only accepted after presentation of the proof of having satisfactorily followed the full curriculum of one of the 10 Belgian Homœopathic Schools. The fee includes professional medical liability insurance. President: Dr M. Van Wassenhoven, chaussée de Bruxelles n°132 B-1190 Bruxelles. (www.homeopathy.be)
            3. The Regulatory Affairs Society for Homeopathics (RASH); this organisation meets every month to work on homœopathic monographs. Members are pharmacists involved in the manufacture of homœopathic remedies. President: Rudy DE CLERCQ, industrial pharmacist.
            4. Les Amis de l'Homéopathie (The friends of Homœopathy) is a patient’s organisation supporting homœopathy. It publishes regularly a bulletin of information for patients. They also distribute the list of Homœopathic MD in Belgium. President: J. Hirsch, Clos du Cheval d’Argent n°9 B-1050 Bruxelles.
            5. Homœopathisch Bekeken (The Homœopathic viewpoint) is a journal for patients with a Dutch staff for both Dutch and Flemish patients. Dr J.F. Vermeire, Paddeschootdreef n°141 B-9100 Sint-Niklaas
            6. The Belgian Homeopathic Faculty is a non-profit organisation aimed to regroup all Belgian homeopathic teaching activities. Dean: Dr Arlette Blanchy. Rue Père De Deken, 8 B-1040 Brussels – Belgium. Tel. : + 32 – (0)2-733.30.40
            7. A.P.B. “Association Pharmaceutique Belge”, subcommittee homeopathy is aimed to regroup all pharmacists with a specific competence for the preparation of homeopathic remedies and to promote GMP. Responsable: Mme A. Lecroart, Rue Archimède n°11 B-1000 Bruxelles.

             

                      CEDHI (BRUSSELS)

              Jules Bordetlaan – Av. Jules Bordet, 11 B-1030 BRUSSELS

              CONTACT Belgique = 02/726.90.70 ou cedh@cedh.org

                      Centre Bruxellois d'Homéopathie Uniciste (BRUXELLES)

              rue Père De Deken n°8  B-1040 BRUXELLES

              CONTACT = Dr. A. Blanchy TEL/FAX 02/733.30.40

              Email arlette.blanchy@gmail.com    Site www.cbhu.be

                      Centre Liégeois d'Homéopathie (LIEGE)

              rue Vignoble n° 1 B-4130 ESNEUX

              CONTACT = secrétariat TEL / FAX 04/380.31.78

              Email Clh@skynet.be ;  www.clh-homeo.be

                      Institut Médical d'Homéopathie et de Biothérapie (BRUXELLES) 

              rue Carli n° 5 B-1140 BRUXELLES

              CONTACT = TEL 02/240.67.76

                      I.S.K.H. (HECHTEL) :

              12 septemberstraat n° 19 B-3940 HECHTEL

              CONTACT = Dr. A. Geukens / Mevr. B. Klein

              TEL 011/73.23.55

              EMAIL = dr@geukens.net; INTERNET: www.geukens.net       

                  Pédiatres Pratiquant l'Homéopathie (groupement de spécialistes)

              Bd A. Reyers n° 34/14 B-1030 BRUXELLES

              CONTACT = Dr J.-L. Laloy TEL 02/736.66.26

                      Vlaamse Studievereniging voor Unitaire homeopathische Geneeskunde ( Oostende)

              CONTACT = Dr. E. DOEUVRE.

              Christinastraat 129 B-8400 OOSTENDE

              TEL =  +32-(0)59-50.29.97

              EMAIL = VSU.BNIH@gmail.com

               

               

                     

                       

                         

                          Schools not delivering the National Diploma:

                                  Ecole Belge d’Homœopathie (TERVUREN)

                          Chaussée de Mons, 58  6150 Anderlues.

                          CONTACT = Dr. D. Saelens : mail@homeobel.com

                          Ch. de Mons, 58 – B – 6150 ANDERLUES

                          TEL. : + 32 – (0)2/735.35.25 FAX 071/52.94.35

                          Email: mail@homeobel.comInternet: ww.homeobel.com

                           

                          Centre for permanent formation in homeopathy.

                                  Homoeopathic pediatrics practising homoeopathy

                          Contact : Dr. J.L. Laloy, Bd. A. Reyers, 35/14 – 1030 Bruxelles

                          Tel.: + 32 – (0)2-736.06.26

                                  Unda – Boiron 

                           

                          In Belgium, the homoeopathic continuing medical education (CME) is organised by the various schools particularly in continuous training course or participation in congresses.  They decide with complete autonomy the program contents.  In the future, the Faculty will be able to co-ordinate the items.

                           

                          The members of the U.H.B. sign an annual declaration on one’s honour that a homeopathic and allopathic continuous training course has been completed. This document is added into the personal file kept for each member.  This is a duty required by the Health Ministry to be officially recognised as a professional organisation.

                           

                          We have chosen this formula because we don’t want to put pressure on our members and to be too demanding, as far as the State allows it.

                           

                             

                            Homeopathic library:

                            See : www.homeobel.com or  http://biblio.homeobel.com.

                            A list of available manuscripts or books can be downloaded.

                            Homeopathic laboratories/manufacturers:

                            See RASH: President: : Rudy DE CLERCQ, industrial pharmacist.

                            Events:

                            Next General Assembly European Committee for Homeopathy and Research Sub-committee meeting will be organised November 2008 (Brussels – Hilton). info@homeopathyeurope.org

                            Regular meetings of the SRBH see www.homeobel.com

                            General assembly UNIO: 07-02-2009.

                             

                            Journals and publications:

                            The Royal Belgian Homœopathic Society publishes a quarterly journal : Le Journal Belge d'Homœopathie (The Belgian journal of Homeopathy). Dr C. Schepens, rue Groeselenberg n°39 B-1180 BRUXELLES.

                            Homœopathisch Bekeken (The Homœopathic viewpoint) is a journal for patients with a Dutch staff for both Dutch and Flemish patients. Dr J.F. Vermeire, Paddeschootdreef n°141 B-9100 Sint-Niklaas

                             

                            We have participate to the n°42 of the journal “Ethica Clinica” “Les médecines complémentaires à l’hôpital” (Complementary Medicine at Hospitals) www.fih-w.be

                             

                            The Circle Homœopathic of Liege has give rise to a publishing company for Homœopathic books and papers. Dr M. Brunson, rue Vignoble n° 1 B-4130 ESNEUX.

                             

                            Three booklets are available:

                             “A selection of 100 homeopathic remedies in 10 steps for acute complaints”, available in English – Français – Néerlandais. It can be ordered on INTERNET: www.homeopathy.be

                             

                            “HOMEOPATHY – A guide for GPs” available in Français – Néerlandais.

                             

                            « Cadre Scientifique de la Médecine Générale – Homéopathie » available in Français. English and Néerlandaise translations in preparation www.homeopathy.be 

                             

                            Next Goals :

                            Political and Union's news are published every 3 months in a journal mailed to our members. The goals for next years are : more communication and information about homeopathy  avoiding any conflict (evidence is evidence!); registration of qualified homeopaths (by the officials) – basic standards for competence in homeopathy for pharmacists – registration and reimbursement of all homœopathic medications – involvement in Research activities and international actions – nomination of delegations to official commissions aimed at decisions about the future of medicine in Belgium – lobbying of the new minister of health – registration commissions – new group insurance’s for our members – subscription (and sell of a description booklet including the 100 most used homeopathic remedies for acute problems + box with these remedies available in each pharmacy on duty) for funding research (available in English, French, Dutch).

                             

                            The Belgian Vice-President. 

                             

                             

                               

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